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A Scandalous Trial In Fact and Fiction

Lillian Faderman's scrupulous mining of the original documents and court transcripts of a scandalous 1810 Edinburgh trial in which two mistresses of a fashionable girls' boarding school sued a wealthy matron for besmirching their names and ruining their school has resulted in a gem of a book, Scotch Verdict, which convincingly illustrates the shifting attitudes over the years regarding romantic love between women.